Glencairn Museum’s Medieval Festival will recreate the art, music, crafts and swordsmanship of the Middle Ages, giving attendees the chance to experience for themselves the long-ago sights and sounds of knights and ladies.
Listen to the strains of period instruments like the hurdy-gurdy, the bray harp and the rebec (ancestor to the violin). See the ancient art of stained-glass painting. Watch the mechanics of a Gutenberg-style moveable-type printing press in action. Give a spin to a spinning wheel in a hands-on demo. And be sure to duck when the Medieval Martial Arts Guild stages its battles with halberds (axe blade topped with a spike) and poleaxes (wooden haft with a steel head).
You’ll also take a Canterbury Tales–type pilgrimage with period re-enactors playing roles typically seen on these treks: beggars, cobblers and even robbers.
The festival does not eclipse the treasures routinely on display at Glencairn Museum. A cell phone audio tour is available, as is the exhibit “Windows into Heaven: The Icons of Susan Kelly vonMedicus”
The truly adventurous can don their shining armor or tunics and vie for a special prize.
WHERE: Glencairn Museum
1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pa. 19009
WHEN: February 3, 2013 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (snow date: February 10, 2013)
Admission: Adults, $8; students (with ID) and seniors, $6; children under four and museum members, free. A $20 family rate is available to parties of four from the same household (half price regular admission for each additional guest.